The Philippines is on track to having a “better Christmas” this year as the country ramps up its coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccination program, President Duterte said, noting that major cities are hitting their targets of inoculating at least 50 percent of their population.

President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his “Talk to the People

“If we continue to ramp up the vaccination of our people, along with our consistent practice of mask—huwag pa rin ninyong tanggalin—hugas at iwas (not removing your masks—washing and distancing), and may the gradual resumption of our economic activities, then we can hope for a better and truly merry Christmas,

Source: Manila Bulletin (